Browse Cliches:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

Cliches starting with J

Jack of all tradesIf someone is a jack of all trades, this means that they are someone who is very skilled and talented in many different trades which can be a hobby, game, occupation or anything else someone is often skilled at. The phrase jack of all trades is commonly used as the term for someone who may be very skilled at different things and therefore has not chosen a specialty because is not good at just one thing.
Jiminy ChristmasJiminy Christmas is the phrase used when you want to curse but do it in a more polite way. Saying jiminy Christmas is a much older phrase, most commonly used in the 1940s and 1950s in place of more severe curse words which are often not allowed by children and not perceived as being acceptable in public situations. While jiminy Christmas may not be said as often, it is still sometimes used in place of a curse word.
jockey for positionTo jockey for position means you are working on getting into the desired position, usually to be in first place in a race or competition. This phrase originates from horse races where the jockey is trying to do whatever they can to get their horse into a position where they can win the race. The phrase when used figuratively means the same thing, where you are trying to get into the position of winning.
Johnny-come-latelyJohnny-come-lately is the idiom used when you want to speak about someone who arrives late or who is new to the group. This can also be used to refer to a believer or follower of a new cause or trend. The phrase has been used for several years as a way to describe someone who is late, usually someone who is late to joining a group and has a habit of being late on numerous occasions.
join the ranksTo join the ranks means to become part of a larger group or organization which is usually well known and common among like-minded individuals. Joining the ranks can be in reference to any sort of group or organization, and often a higher level at the group such as being a higher level doctor like when going from being an intern to a resident at a hospital, you are joining the ranks.
joined at the hipIf two people are joined at the hip, it usually means they are always together, spending time with each other, and generally closely connected both physically as they are always together and on a more emotional level such as having the same interests. Joined at the hip is a phrase which is used to describe how close two people are and comment on the fact that they always seem to be in the same place at the same time.
jump down your throatJump down your throat is the cliche used for being stongly criticized, reprimanded or disagreed with. This is usually the case when someone gets very angry with you, often to the point of being irate. When they do this, the typical term is that they are jumping down your throat because they are acting in a way that is fairly irrational and unusual in this expressively angry way.
jump in with both feetJump in with both feet is the phrase used when you become involved in something very quickly, usually without thinking carefully about it first. Someone who is jumping in with both feet in the figurative sense in becoming quickly involved in a situation or even a dilemma without first thinking about the potential consequences and not caring what might happen; it is a quick and sudden choice.
jump on the bandwagonTo jump on the bandwagon means to join a growing movement in support of someone or something very often in an opportunist sort of way. This is most commonly done when that movement is seen to have become successful and therefore many people are jumping on the bandwagon by joining in this new trend which is newly popular.
jump the gunIf someone jumps the gun, they are talking about starting something before the starting signal. In many competitions primarily where racing is involves, a gun is used which signals when it is time for the racers to start. Jumping the gun therefore means to start before this signal is shot, even when used figuratively, and is a phrase used when someone does something before being asked to do it.
jumping the broomJumping the brook is another way of talking about a common law marriage in which it is not really an official marriage with a wedding and exchange of vows, but two people become married due to a very long term relationship. Jumping the broom consists of two friends or relatives holding the ends of a broom about 4 inches groom the ground to which the couple will jump over and are thus married in an informal sense.
junk in the trunkJunk in the trunk is the current slang term for someone who has large buttocks. It has been widely used as the most common slang term for someone with a large behind and is a saying most people will recognize and a slightly colorful way of saying their butt is large as opposed to the rest of their body. It is also sometimes a way to call a man or woman overweight, though it is more commonly used in reference to women.
jury is still outThe jury is still out is a phrase commonly said when the judgment of something has not yet been finalized, especially due to the information currently being incomplete. This idiom is often used in response to someone asking how the current subject or situation is going, to which the response would be the jury is still out; this commonly means they dont yet have enough information to form an opinion.
just a drop in the bucketJust a drop in the bucket is another way of speaking of an insignificant contribution toward solving a large problem and is often used as a way to talk about a solution someone has brought up that doesnt solve the problem due to its insignificance. This is commonly said when there is a big dilemma and little changes might make it slightly better, but each one is a drop in the bucket as compared to the larger picture.
just admiring the viewIf someone says they are just admiring the view, they are speaking of the fact that they may be staring at something or someone, but they arent doing it for a negative reason; they are actually admiring something they are looking at that seems pleasing to them in some way. This is often for a view in the literal term such as something in nature like a park or a beach, or even a pleasant looking person like an attractive woman.
just around the bendJust around the bend is another way to say something is nearby or very close in its physical location. Around the bend is often used to describe a place that is just around the corner, such as a street corner or just down the block. It is most commonly used as a literal term for a physical location that is nearby, but can also be used figuratively such as an event or social occasion that is coming up shortly.
just as sweet as you pleaseJust as sweet as you please is an older phrase used to describe you are willing to do or say something however this person wants, whether it is to treat you more fairly or another way of acting sweet toward someone or something. Sweet is often using in many different idioms as being something positive, complimentary and a kind way of speaking to them or treating them.
just fell off the turnip truckIf someone says they just fell off the turnip truck it means that they are ignorant or unsophisticated as these are the things a turnip truck is most related to. However most of the time this phrase is used in the negative where as they would say they did not just fall off the turnip truck which means they want you to know they are not unsophisticated, ignorant or not intelligent enough to understand the current situation.
just like riding a bikeIf something is just like riding a bike this means that even if you have not done it in a while, you wont ever forget how to do it. Riding a bike is sometimes hard in the beginning but once you learn how to do it, it becomes very easy and riding a bike is often related to something which once you learn it once, you wont ever forget how to do it. So when used in reference to something else, it means that if you learn it once, that is the entire lesson you need because you wont ever forget how to do it.
just thought Id throw that inJust thought Id throw that in is a way to say you want to add something, whether it is a tidbit of information or an extra item or dollar amount; usually with no additional charge. This idiom is often used when you want to describe that you are adding something extra without charging for it. This is most commonly used in conversation when adding more information about something.
just what the doctor orderedJust what the doctor ordered is a very common idiom to mean that this is exactly what is required, and is usually in reference to something which will improve your health or comfort. Something that is just what the doctor ordered in the literal sense in something which would keep you well and healthy or help you feel better. Figuratively, the phrase means virtually the same thing where it is an item to help you heal or make you feel more comfortable.
justice is blindJustice is blind is another way of saying that justice is impartial and objective. What this means is that seeking justice can often be difficult to obtain depending on the person, the situation and the circumstances regarding the reasons why you want justice in the first place. Because justice is objective and neutral, what may be deemed as justified for one person, might not be for the next.